April 6, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team will split squads, sending a group to the prestigious 2005 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Tex., and hosting the Seminole Invitational at the Mike Long Track Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Texas Relays begins on Thursday, April 7 for FSU and goes through Saturday, April 9. The home meet is two days beginning at 4:00 p.m with the women’s javelin.
Texas is Tribe’s Home-Away-From-Home… The Seminoles sent their best competitors to the 2004 Texas Relays and came back with new Tribe school records and career personal best marks. Former Seminoles Brian Dzingai and current Tribe members Cedric Nabe, Rhoan Sterling, Rafeeq Curry and Lacy Janson traveled to the 2004 Texas Relays – all returning with season best marks in their events. Curry’s jump of 54’6″ tied a 12-year old FSU-school best mark set by Kelsey Nash. Janson’s height of 13’11.25″ was her highest of the season and earned her the fourth best national ranking. Dzingai ran a then top-season time of 10.36 in the 100m while Nabe recorded a mark of 10.44 that lasted until the NCAA East Regional Championships. Sterling’s mark of 10.55 was his best all season
Another World Junior Record Holder in Attendance… Usain Bolt, the world junior 200m record holder, will compete in the event this weekend at the Seminole Track and Field Invitational. Bolt, a member of the Jamaican national team, posted his record-breaking time of 19.93 at the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda on April 4, 2004. Susain, 18, will be running against Jimmy Hackey (Shore AC – 20.32) and Adidas’ Ricky Harris, entered at 20.80. Current Seminole Walter Dix holds the world junior indoor 200m record at 20.37 – a mark he set at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
Nationals Site… Texas was the site of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. FSU came home with four individual All-Americans and one relay. Curry and current senior Willie Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) earned All-American nods in the triple jump, Vicky Gill was 10000m runner-up and Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) was 13th place but in the top eight Americans in the 1500m for the season-ending honors. The 4x100m relay tied the fastest time in the nation in the preliminary race and took third in the finals en route to running the fastest 400m relay time in the 56 years of the Florida State men’s track and field program.
Yellow Jacket Invite… Despite the cold, rainy weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, April 2 for the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Seminoles came out with 12 regional qualifying marks. Freshman Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs) recorded the second fastest time in school history running a wind-aided, regional qualifying mark of 10.13 in the 100m dash. Senior Olympian Kimberly Walker (Trinidad & Tobago/Polytechnic) earned her second berth in the NCAA East Regional Championships with a qualifying time of 23.87 in the 200m. Junior Evelyne Cynthia Niako (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) will join her in the 200m after running a 23.86. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Johnson qualified in shot put for the first time this season and the second time this year in the discus. Fellow thrower senior Dorian Scott (Springfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 59’8.5″ (18.20m). Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Naples) posted a distance of 192’6″ (58.67m) for his fourth regional qualifying mark in the hammer. Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla./King) won the 5000m run in a time of 16:48.60. The mark put her in fourth place on FSU’s all-time, top-ten 5K list and put her in the event at the NCAA East Regional Championships. Junior LaToya Legree (Lithonia, Ga./Stephenson) added her name to the list of regional qualifiers, posting a career-best distance of 42’10.75″ (13.07m) in the triple jump. Junior hurdler LaKendra McColumn (Lithonia, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) took fifth place in the 100m hurdles in 13.93, good for a berth at regionals.
Multiple Qualifiers… Three Tribe members have qualified in two events for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Senior captain Ian Hornabrook has regional marks in the 1500m run and the 5000m run. Garrett Johnson is slated to throw in the shot put and the discus. Walker is scheduled to run the 100m and 200m.
ACCs on the Horizon… The biggest meet to hit Tallahassee since 1992 will take place in less than three weeks. The 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Mike Long Track and Field Complex at The Florida State University from April 21-23, 2005. The three-day meet will showcase some of the nation’s most talented teams and individuals. FSU last hosted the meet in 1992. Current Seminole associate head coach Harlis Meaders was the discus champion